Revealed: Europe’s Best-selling Cars

The Tesla Model Y has been named Europe’s best-selling car for the first time, as a full list of drivers’ favourites is revealed.  The EV, built by Elon Musk’s car manufacturing company is the first car from outside of Europe to top the list.

Manufactured in the US, China and Germany, the Tesla Model Y offers plenty of storage with the latest technology, sports car performance, and a panoramic roof

It sold 251,604 units in 2023 – an increase of 84% from 2022 and was the only fully electric model to appear among the top ten of Europe’s best-selling cars for 2023.

Here are the other models that make up the top ten best-selling cars in Europe:

Dacia Sandero: 234,715 sales

Motorists say the Dacia Sandero is great value for money and is a competitive supermini that offers a spacious interior and easy-to-drive.

Volkswagen T-Roc: 204,610 sales

In third place is one of the most sought-after cars in Europe, the Volkswagen T-Roc. Drivers have said its interior quality has been improved significantly, addressing one of their previous few criticisms.

Renault Clio: 201,604 sales

This small, yet eye-catching French car offers an E-tech hybrid option and a 1.0-litre petrol engine. It is thought that the Clio will be just as popular in 2024 as it was in 2023.

Peugeot 208: 193,679 sales

Dropping from second place in 2022, the Peugeot 208 supermini remains a car worth considering, offering a clean look and a choice of petrol and all-electric powertrains.

Opel/Vauxhall Corsa: 188,154 sales

The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa has been described as the cheaper sibling of the Peugeot 208. Available in petrol, hybrid, and electric, the new Corsa has a redefined look inside and out with a design that has helped to boost sales in 2023.

Volkswagen Golf: 183,716 sales

The Volkswagen Golf is slipping down the list of Europe’s favourite cars each year but still holds a place in the top ten. It will soon receive a facelift in celebration of its 50th anniversary which should also enhance performance.

Toyota Yaris Cross: 176,285 sales

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a dependable hybrid subcompact crossover SUV. It averaged sixty miles per gallon in What Car?’s real-world True MPG fuel economy test, which editor Steve Huntingford said in 2022 was “the best average figure we’ve ever seen”.

Fiat 500: 173,187 sales

The Fiat 500 recently gained a next-generation electric sibling with a battery size of up to 44kWh. However, drivers prefer the petrol version of the car as 63% of last year’s sales were attributed to the petrol version.

Skoda Octavia: 160,662 sales

Experts expect the Skoda Octavia’s popularity will continue to grow this year as it is being upgraded with a new infotainment system and will be constructed using more sustainable materials.